The World Cup Groups Are Laughably Uneven, & It’s Proof That FIFA’s System Is Broken

Wayne Rooney’s England is in the hardest World Cup group.

Back in December, the draw for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil produced eight groups that vary wildly in difficulty.

This is a problem.

FIFA owes it to the soccer world to use a draw system that both rewards performance in non-World Cup years and eliminates the randomness of group quality that has become a significant factor in the outcome of the tournament.